April 15th – Silver Lining

That old adage goes: every dark cloud has a silver lining. Well, we had quite a dark cloud: violent thunder storm last night (complete with lightening), cold temperatures (+2 this morning), raw NW wind, and a mix of rain, sleet and snow. A good day to roll over and go back to sleep but….we had a large school group visiting today so we had to be there to look for an “opening”. And we got it – for an hour and a half starting at 9:30 the rain tapered off enough to open a couple of the close nets and set out a few traps. We ended up catching 32 birds (one for each student).

And while this was satisfying it was NOT the silver lining. Just as I was about to get into my car at the end of the morning I took one last look at the Purple Martin nest gourds and, lo and behold, an adult male Martin emerged from one, took a flight over to the Mansion and then returned to the gourds – the first one of the year and hopefully the start of this year’s nesting colony. I’ve been anxiously awaiting since the beginning of April for their return. This was truly a silver lining.

Now there’s another old adage, or at least the bastardization of one: behind every dark cloud there’s another. The rest of this week looks pretty nasty. It’s a tough year to be an early migrant.

Banded 12:
2 Chipping Sparrows
1 Dark-eyed Junco
4 Brown-headed Cowbirds
5 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 36 spp.
Rick

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